Guyana Amazon Warriors Coach Roger Harper has given an update ahead of the start of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign and said the squad are coming together ahead of the opener away to St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots on 30 June.
The former off-spin all-rounder, who was capped 25 times at Test level (and claimed 46 wickets) also made 105 One-Day International appearances (taking 100 wickets) for the West Indies, and has returned to coach his native Guyana for a second spell.
Speaking on Tuesday as the training camp got underway in Georgetown, and with skipper Martin Guptill and Adam Zampa due to link up over the weekend, Harper said the squad are building towards their CPL opener.
Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow has returned home from the United States where he held talks with International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Inter-American development Bank (IDB) on the country’s multi-million dollar foreign debt, referred to as the “super bond”.
Last month the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country was handed a life line after the government announced that it had been successful in raising funds to meet a partial payment on its US$544 million foreign debt.
The government said that the US$11.7 million amounted to approximately 50 per cent of the interest payment due to the bondholders, who in an immediate response indicated they would not be going to court for an additional 60 days to allow for the conclusion of negotiations on debt restructuring.
Barrow, who headed a delegation of the Debt Review Team including, Mark Espat, the Financial Secretary Joel Waight and Central Bank Governor Glen Ysaguirre, said they met “at the highest level at the IDB with President (Luis Alberto) Moreno and a large section of his staff.
(Source: Caribbean Media Corporation)
Taiwan’s Resident Ambassador to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Miguel Tsao has expressed thanks to St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas for the support given to his Asian nation during the General Debate at the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations.
“I would like to express my profound gratitude to you, Prime Minister on behalf of the People and the Government of the Republic of China. You spoke for us and your message was powerful, so strong. We are so moved by your staunch support, I would like to take this opportunity to thank your consistent support to Taiwan,” said Ambassador Tsao just before handing over a financial contribution to Prime Minister Douglas for the second phase of the street lighting project.
In his address to the United Nations last Friday, Prime Minister Douglas again called for the Republic of China (Taiwan) to be allowed to be accepted as an equal partner in the international community.
He said that throughout the twenty-nine years as a sovereign nation, the Republic of China on Taiwan has been a highly valued partner and ally and throughout the nation, evidence of the collaborative efforts between both nations abound in areas as diverse as agriculture, agro-tourism, green energy, information technology, community development, and education.
Dr. Douglas pointed out that even in St. Kitts and Nevis, and in the region, Taiwan’s unfailing and valued contributions to the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the World Health Assembly, and others have long reflected their outstanding credentials as a valued and impactful member of the global community.
He told world leaders that it was “only fitting and just that all remaining strictures pertaining to Taiwan’s standing among the international community of nations are removed.”
The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $53 million grant to support Haiti’s plan to upgrade its principal highway, RN1, and to strengthen the Ministry of Public Works and the National Ports Authority.
The bulk of the IDB resources will be invested in rehabilitating a 26.2 km (16.4 miles) between the city of Gonaïves and the town of Ennery, a key stretch of RN1, which connects the capital, Port-au-Prince, with Cap Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city.
The grant will also finance activities to modernize the National Ports Authority and to build up the Ministry of Public Works’ institutional capacity in areas such as road maintenance, road safety and transportation planning.
As Haiti’s leading multilateral donor, the IDB has long supported investments in the country’s primary road network. Among other projects, it is currently financing upgrades on highways linking the main cities in the southern peninsula and the capital city with the Dominican border.
Since the 2010 earthquake, the IDB has approved $649 million in new grants and disbursed more than $467 million to the Haitian government for projects in agriculture, education, energy, private sector development, transportation and water and sanitation.
The Lucian People's Movement (LPM) has called on Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony to stop wasting Saint Lucia's time by constantly meddling in the internal affairs of China and Taiwan.
The LPM said that it is a grave disservice to the island for a prime minister with no international influence or power to use part of his allotted time in an address to the United Nations, where he should be focused on making a solid case for a speedy recovery of Saint Lucia’s economy, instead to seek to present himself as an adjudicator for a Chinese takeover of Taiwan.
The LPM said that Anthony's naivety in believing that he is able to force unification of the government and people of Taiwan is a glaring example of a Caribbean leader who is clearly out of touch with the realities of that region and the world.
To believe that Taiwan, a prosperous democratic state, with two distinct political organizations with millions of supporters on either side that hold very contrasting views about their future, will voluntarily cede their sovereignty to China is not only delusional but dangerous, at best.
A senior United Nations humanitarian official said on Thursday that over a million people in Haiti are facing food insecurity as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, which ploughed through the Caribbean nation before wreaking havoc along the east coast of the United States earlier this week.
The head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) operation in Haiti, Johan Peleman, said that relief workers are still consolidating data of the destruction caused by the storm and a full picture of the situation will take some time.
Meanwhile, he noted, between 15,000 and 20,000 people have seen their houses completely destroyed, damaged or flooded as a result of the storm.
OCHA is particularly concerned because Haiti had been hit by a long period of drought this year as well as by another hurricane, Isaac, which hit the impoverished country in August.
“Now with this new tropical storm, we fear that a great deal of the harvest which was ongoing in the south of the country may have been destroyed completely,” Peleman said in an interview with UN Radio.
“Already, the drought and the previous storm had hit the northern part of the country very badly and we had seen the levels of food insecurity rise there,” he added. “With the south being hit now, we are going to face in the next couple of months very serious problems of malnutrition and food insecurity.”
For the first time since its inception in 2005, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Parliamentary Assembly has been addressed by heads of state.
At the opening of the 30th session on Saturday here in Paramaribo, the presidents of host country Suriname and Guyana, Desi Bouterse and Donald Ramotar respectively, called for greater unity and solidarity among ACP member states.
While chairman of the ACP parliamentary meeting, Musikari Kombo, stressed the need for strengthening and deepening of regional integration, Bouterse noted, "In the face of common challenges, unity and solidarity remain the key vehicles to overcome obstacles to our shared progress.”
Ramotar, his Guyanese counterpart and a special guest at the meeting, told the audience that the ACP has to broaden its relationship with the European partners, "but we have to look at our own interest".
Ramotar also called for greater unity within the ACP Group. He noticed that there are attempts to form the ACP into different political groups similar to the situation in the European parliament.
"I think it will be a mistake for us to go in that direction," the Guyanese leader said.
The ACP is aware that there are various political views among the representatives, which according to Ramotar is natural. The African, Caribbean and Pacific nations, however, have one thing in common that unites the member states as a group fighting for a better life for their peoples.
"We must not allow ourselves to be divided into different political blocs. As ACP we are a power and a force to be dealt with," he added.
The opposition One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) on Monday night ended the 14-year term in office in Bermuda of the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) in a hotly contested general election in which Premier Paula Cox also lost her seat.
The OBA won the narrowest possible majority in the 36-seat local parliament -- 19 seats to the PLP’s 17.
“It’s a new Bermuda and a new day in politics,” premier-elect Craig Cannonier declared at his party’s victory celebration.
Cox’s surprise defeat came at the hands of the OBA’s Glen Smith, who won by 93 votes to end Cox’s 16-year run as the representative for her Devonshire North West constituency.
“It’s disappointing but the voters spoke,” Cox said. “A good fight was waged by the Opposition and I think that they deserved their win.”
The OBA, fighting its first election, won the popular vote by a six-point margin, winning 52 percent of votes cast, compared to the PLP’s 46 percent, and independent candidates’ 2 percent.
Trinidad and Tobago’s selectors have named the national team for the Regional Four-day Semi-Final against Jamaica on 2nd - 5th May, 2013 in Jamaica.
Denesh Ramdin - Captain
West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards is full of praise for T&T spinner Sunil Narine and explosive Jamaican opener Chris Gayle for their showing in the IPL so far this season.
On Narine, who has so far taken 14 wickets in seven matches and is the leading wicket taker in the IPL to date, the legendary Master Blaster said how impressed he was with the spinners in the IPL and called Narine “special”.
Sir Vivian also tipped his hat to the Arima spinner whom he said must have some nerves of steel to perform at the level at which he is doing in the face of attacking batsmen in the T20 format of the IPL.
On Gayle, who struck a record unbeaten 66-ball 175 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sir Vivian said he doubt whether what he does in the T20 format can be repeated in other formats.
Richards said the renaissance in West Indies cricket would be gradual, and may take some time, but feels the T20 success can be used to give the team confidence to translate that form into other formats, like the ODIs and Test arena.